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NHL Rumors: Gonchar, Top 9 UFAs, Pitkanen, Alfredsson, Kapanen and Isles

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have been willing to eat $2.5 million of Sergei Gonchar’s $5 million salary in a trade, but have been unsuccessful so far this offseason. Heika had thought that the Senators and Penguins could take a flier on Gonchar at the reduced rate. The Stars may be wondering if it would have been better to buy Gonchar out than attempting to find a trade partner for him.
  • The Fourth Period: The Stars were believed to be interested in Michael Del Zotto before he signed with the Flyers. They may still be looking at trading for a defenseman, but nothing is imminent.
  • Luke Fox of SportNet: Top 10 9 remaining free agents: 10. Jamie McBain 9. Sami Salo 8. Andrei Loktionov 7. Dustin Penner 6. Saku Koivu 5. Devin Setoguchi 4. Martin Brodeur 3. Tomas Vokoun 2. Michael Del Zotto 1. Daniel Alfredsson.
  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Joni Pitkanen said in a Finnish interview that the he’s a “long way” from being able to play again. He suffered a severely broken heel missing all of last season, and it hasn’t improved much. He hasn’t even started skating yet.
  • Szymon Szemberg: Daniel Alfredsson was on Swedish radio and said that he’ll be on the ice next week. How his back holds up will depend on what he does this season.
  • Will DePaoli of Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins 2014 1st round draft pick Kasperi Kapanen hopes to make the Penguins this season. Five scouts don’t think he’s ready for the NHL, though GM Jim Rutherford and some within the Penguins organization think that he might be.
  • Steven Marcus: Source saying that Andrew Barroway is no longer negotiating to buy the Islanders.

3 Comments

  1. Aaron

    August 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I don’t see the point of the Stars trading Gonchar at this point. Sure, he didn’t have the season that was expected of him but he is a mentor, and the Stars are not suffering cap wise. They also have Valeri Nischuskin, who is adapting to the English language. Wouldn’t keeping Gonchar in Dallas for the last year of his contract be a good idea? Nischuskin is going to be great sometime soon, let him have a mentor on the team who can help him adapt.

  2. Sterling VanDerwerker

    August 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    sure hope that alfredsson finishes STRONG. It would be a shame to have these back issues force a slow drip retirement. and the new wings would be held back….

  3. Henrybemis

    August 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I hear that sterling. I get needing vet leadership w all these kids, but seems like pulk might do better even with his inconsistencies on d. Not to mention jurco or mantha. Plus I’m guessing another year on these kids will make up for alfies lost points. Sucks for him tho, not the way he wants to end things.